Entity Description: Tribe - Manhanset


The Manhansetts lived, hunted and farmed on Shelter Island.   They are distinct from the Manhasset people who lived in the surrounding area.

Both were Algonkian speaking peoples.

The Manhansetts called their island  Manhansack-aha-quash-awamock (“an island sheltered by islands”) .  Their Sachem, Pogatticut,  was the Grand Sachem of most of the tribes on Long Island.